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Top 20 Connecticut Events

Top 20 Connecticut Events
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by in May 2010

Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. For hundreds of fairs, festivals, exhibits, shows, and other fun activities, go to:

MAY 1: COS COB, May Gardeners’ Market. Twelve juried vendors from specialty nurseries come to Montgomery Pinetum to sell their collections of annuals, perennials, wildflowers, herbs, hanging baskets, plants, and orchids. Plants are also available for pre-order. 203-869-9242 x13;

MAY 7-8: FARMINGTON, May Market. Fifty-plus vendors of hard-to-find perennials and shrubs, antiques, and quality crafts are clustered along Hill-Stead Museum’s historic grounds, with expert horticulturalists and master gardeners on hand for consultations. This year’s special guest is nationally renowned garden designer, lecturer, and author, Gordon Hayward. 860-677-4787;

MAY 16: STAMFORD, Spring on the Farm. Meet and greet the newest additions to Heckscher Farm at Stamford Museum and Nature Center during this annual celebration of spring. Learn how to shear sheep and spin wool, or take a hayride; children can have their faces painted, and families can shop for plants and herbs to take home to their own gardens. 203-322-1646;

MAY 28-31: LAKEVILLE, Grand-Am Rolex Daytona Prototypes at Lime Rock Park. The Memorial Day opener will showcase Daytona Prototypes and GTs in a combined-class race on Monday. The rest of the weekend spotlights BMWs, Fords, Chevys, Hondas, and Porsches in the KONI Challenge, the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge series, and the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. 860-435-5000;

JUNE 3-6: WILLIMANTIC, Victorian Days. Step into the past and enjoy guided mill, home, and garden tours around town. Attend concerts and a Victorian tea in one of the homes, and even experience a traditional turn-of-the-century campground. 860-456-4476;

JUNE 6: SOUTH WINDSOR, Pathways and Blooms. Co-sponsored by the Down to Earth Garden Club and Wood Memorial Library, this tour will feature nine local gardens and a plant sale at one of the tour houses. Optional box lunch (additional fee, prepay required) available with tour ticket. 860-289-1783;

JUNE 11-13: MYSTIC, Sea Music Festival. Each year, thousands of people gather at Mystic Seaport to hear performers from around the globe–including the U.S., U.K., Italy, Portugal, Australia, Iceland, Poland, Netherlands, France, Canada, and Africa–as they carry on musical traditions from maritime cultures. 888-973-2767, 860-572-5315;

JUNE 12: FARMINGTON/UNIONVILLE, Friends Kitchen and Garden Tour. This fundraiser for the Farmington Library takes participants through a number of distinctive and tasteful homes and lush gardens around neighboring towns. 860-673-6791, 860-677-4444;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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